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#Switzerland – Helvetia’s Dream

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October 27, 2012 at 2:54 pm

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#SwissTalentLA: CONGRATULATIONS Yangzom Brauen, on “kickstarting” your project “Who killed Johnny?” Bravissima!

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The creative Angeleno-Swiss community is at it again! First, we saw many of them in the fun web comedy series “Hallo Hollywood” – Now they are working on a new 90-minute comedy, starring Melanie Winiger, Carlos Leal, Max Loong, and other Angeleno-European expats. An exceptionally supportive cast and crew made this LOW budget project a reality!

WHO KILLED JOHNNY? is produced by Angelena-Ticinese Shari Yantra Marcacci (IMDB, known for “An African Election“), directed by Yangzom Brauen (wiki, IMDB), and recently completed shooting in a house in the hills of Los Angeles, over the course of eight days.

Now that it’s “in the can”, the team was successful at raising the final $20,000 needed to complete post-production, by way of their 30-Day online kickstarter campaign.

The goal is to successfully present WHO KILLED JOHNNY? to theater and film festival audiences worldwide!

Help our Angeleno-Swiss & Friends, and spread the word by sharing this with everyone around you, who would enjoy seeing this fun comedy.

Check out their kickstarter.com page, have a look “behind the scenes”- and watch the interview video with Yangzom!

Backers are set to receive cool gifts – including a signed copy of Yangzom’s “Across Many Mountains” – or a role in one of Yangzom’s future film projects!

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September 23, 2012 at 10:00 am

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#SwissTalentLA: “Missing You” – a short film starring Shiva Rose and Carlos Leal, written by Christophe Vauthey

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A beautiful short film written by, and Co-Executive produced by Christophe Vauthey and Maggie Soboil – featuring a cast & crew of many Angeleno-Swiss artists and their friends who were bought together by the Swiss Cultural Attache’ in Los Angeles to create this most beautiful short, which reminded us that


Here’s a few snapshots of the soiree

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April 24, 2012 at 5:20 pm

#SwissTalentLA: Congratulations, Corina Gamma, Wildlife Award winner – 9th Annual SF Ocean Film Festival

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March 17, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Congratulations, Raffael Dickreuter – Designer/Photographer and #SwissTalentLA!

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December 1, 2011 at 8:17 pm

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#SwissTalentLA: “Angeleno-Romand” Carlos Leal invites you to “Jump out of your seats”…

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Hope you’re doing well.

I’d like to invite you to the screening of “Sennentuntschi“, a feature I’m co-leading.

It was a Blockbuster in Switzerland last year and the director Michael Steiner is one of the most talented Swiss directors.

Trust me, this is the kind of movie that makes you jump out of your seat. Check out the YouTube trailer.

There will be 3 screenings (FREE ENTRANCE), each one followed by a Q&A with the director Michael Steiner and myself.

The movie will be screened in its original version, with english subtitles of course!


-Tuesday October 25th, 8:45pm at USC,
Ray Stark family theatre, Geoge Lucas Building. adress: 900W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
RSVP + details here

-Friday October 28th, 7:30pm at Caltech,
Baxter lecture hall, 1200 East California Bvd, Pasadena, CA 91125
No RSVP needed.

-Wednesday November 2nd, 8pm at American cinematheque,
Aero theatre, 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403
RSVP by writing an email to los.kultur (at) eda.admin.ch, precising “Sennentuntschi, guest of Carlos Leal”

See you there!
Carlos Leal


NOTICE: #SwissTalentLA “Casting Call”

Use #SwissTalentLA on twitter to link your work (beta) available to all creative Swiss living in Southern California.

It’s a place to post your screenings, performances, concerts, awards, shows, openings, as well as bios and links related to the creative World of an Angeleno-Swiss Artist. (Of course, those living all the way up to and including San Luis Obispo County and south, all the way to San Diego, are invited to join us, too!).

Go ahead! Send a tweet with your Bio to get started!

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October 24, 2011 at 2:59 pm

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#SwissTalentLA: Meet Raffael Dickreuter, Angeleno-Swiss Special Effects Genius – Congratulations Raffael, You Made(it)in.LA+!

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What is your background?
I am originally from Switzerland and grew up there but have been living in LA for 6 years now mostly doing previs and vfx work.

How did you get involved on this project?
Pixel Liberation Front got hired early on in the process in pre production to help flesh out the large amount of visual effects sequences with previs, at the time no actors were cast yet and the look of the film was being developed. a team of artists under the supervision of Kyle Robinson moved to New Orleans where filming was happening and worked on location to plan lots of the action sequences. eventually production moved back to LA after half a year of filming and post production began at Warner Bros. the team deliverde large amount of Postvis shots to help edit the film and those shots then were sent of the vfx vendors such as Sony Imageworks and many others who would deliver the final shots for the film. I ended up animating shots as a previs designer as well as using the virtual camera system that I developed which would help the director, 2nd unit director and production designer scout sets. I also helped record action sequences using motion capture with stunt performers.

How was the collaboration with director Martin Campbell?
A veteran filmmaker with a great sense of humor made it a pleasure to work with Martin Campbell, he is married to a swiss woman and it was interesting to not just talk about movies but also Switzerland with him.

Did you received storyboards from the production or did you start from scratch?
Both cases happen. You often start with storyboards but some sequences you might start out with just some info or scribbles on paper and then get refined as the process moves on.

Can you explain the creation of a previs shot step by step?
Previs is meant to help plan action sequences before they are shot. at this time no set might exist or a real world location has to be worked into the process. You start with modeling some assets such as characters, spaceships and location and then you go on animating shots, composite in effects and they get edited together. Since it’s a much faster process than final shots which large companies will do with tons of departments and a slow way of delivering, the director can come by look at the edit and look over your shoulder and give straight feedback. So previs has a much faster turnaround which helps the creative planning. Previs is also based on real world measurements so the shots are not just to look at but also to measure distances, determine the costs of shots, which elements are practical, which are digital and also to simply try out sequences that might not get shot.

What was the most complex sequence to design and animate?
GREEN LANTERN was a very ambitious project with alien characters, artificial worlds which were all challenging, but the creation of Parallax was definitely a challenge as it was a difficult creature to handle. Artists Michael Grawert and Diana Velasquez did a great job tackling all the hard shots with that creature. The Ferris Party scene also went through many iterations which was a challenge to get it right in a short amount of time. We were able to go on set and see the helicopter crash and hundreds of extras run away, that was a great experience.

Did you use motion capture for your animations?
For the training platform between Hal Jordan and Kilowog and Sinestro we captued the performers and used that for previs. Most previs is still being done using keyframe animation.

You were on the set, can you explain how was one of your typical day?
The visits on set means usually a lot of waiting as the real sets needs tons of planning coordinating many people. Being able to see explosions going off or extras run around in masses is an experience but it can mean long waits. Working with stunt performers I found very interesting doing the fights as you see what effort goes into actually doing these kinds of actions.

When you look at the final result, is there a big difference between your previs and final shots?
It’s actually amazing how close the final film looks to the previs for most of the action sequences. It was such a technically challenging complex film which can serve as a good example how previs can help you plan sequences and save cost.

What was the biggest challenge on this film? How did you achieve it?
We faced many challenges such as the mentioned Parallax but also the insane number of shots that we had to do. For me personally was the development of the virtual camera system which I didn’t know if I could make it work in time. Knowing there was expectation to use it very soon was stressful but it worked out luckily.

Was there a shot or a sequence that prevented you from sleep?
hahah. there were some months were we had to work 7 days a week, at that point all you can dream of is sleep actually.

What do you keep from this experience?
It was great to see real set explosions and seeing my camera system being used by other artists on the movie. Seeing the final result on film is always a thrill. What is amazing tough sometimes is that you will see the result of something on screen that you might have worked a year or more before that and how long it takes a film to make of this size.

How long have you worked on this film?
I think it was about 14 months while 8 of them being on locaiton in new orleans.

What was the size of the team at Pixel Liberation Front?
The team changes in size, it usually goes from 4 up to maybe 10 or 12 depending on the production need.

What is your next project?
I just spent 7 months on the new Superman movie MAN OF STEEL, what’s next we will see.

What are the four films that gave you the passion of cinema?

A big thanks for your time.


Pixel Liberation Front: Official website of Pixel Liberation Front.
Raffael Dickreuter: Official website of Raffael Dickreuter.

Special thanks to the Swiss Visual Effects Association “Swiss Made VFX”
© Vincent Frei – The Art of VFX – 2011

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October 6, 2011 at 9:32 am

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